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Name: Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy                                                         
Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy is a fictional character and one of two protagonists in       
Jane Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice. He is an archetype of the aloof             
romantic hero, and a romantic interest of Elizabeth Bennet, the novel's other       
In the novel, Mr. Darcy is a wealthy gentleman with an income of at least £10,000   
a year, and the owner of Pemberley, a large estate in Derbyshire, England. When     
his friend, Mr. Bingley, begins courting Elizabeth Bennet's older sister, Jane,     
Darcy disapproves of the relationship and convinces Bingley that Jane does not       
care about him. However, Darcy --having previously slighted Elizabeth at their       
first meeting which, combined with his interference in Bingley and Jane's           
budding relationship, has caused her to dislike him intensely-- eventually           
becomes attracted to Elizabeth, and begins to court her, in his own way, while       
struggling against his continued feelings of superiority.                           
When she turns down his proposal of marriage however, Darcy is stunned, and         
shocked into a new reality of how his behaviour is perceived by others,             
particularly Elizabeth Bennet. Now he reconsiders all, and then commits to go       
out of his way to demonstrate his respect and devotion for her. He tempers his       
pride, reevaluates his feelings on the relationship between Bingley and Jane,       
and, acts to save Elizabeth's youngest sister Lydia from disgrace at the hands       
of his bitter enemy, George Wickham: after these two have run away together,         
Darcy convinces him to marry her. Darcy's second proposal to Elizabeth, against     
the express wishes of his Aunt Lady Catherine, completes the novel's climax; she     
accepts him, much to the delight of her mother, and the novel concludes with her     
becoming Mrs. Darcy.                                                                 
Darcy is depicted within the novel as a seemingly cold and aloof man with a         
large sense of personal pride that frequently expresses itself as arrogance. His     
apparently distant manner and contempt for those around him leads to his             
becoming the focus of the disdain of both Elizabeth and many of the other           
characters over the course of the narrative, particularly in light of the claims     
of George Wickham, who insists that Darcy has wronged him in the past and who,       
because of his approachable and charming nature, is automatically given the         
benefit of the doubt over Darcy. It is eventually revealed, however, that these     
first impressions are erroneous, as Darcy's seemingly arrogant character masks a     
sincerely generous, compassionate and loving nature, and that it was in fact he     
who was wronged by Wickham, whose own character is revealed to be untrustworthy     
and duplicitous. Even such matters as his interference in the relationship           
between Jane and Bingley are presented and re-interpreted as being motivated by     
genuine concern for the feelings of his friend rather than out of malicious